Date: 6/10/2013 There are 7 comments on this topic
Cheeks Just the Beginning
By Steve St-Pierre
The Pistons have hired Maurice Cheeks as their new head coach. It's a promising move, but it's only the start of what's poised to be a busy summer for the rebuilding franchise.
A former point guard in the NBA, Cheeks has spent time as a head coach with both the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers. He's known for being extremely calm and collected, providing a great ability for interacting with today's players.
Cheeks will undoubtedly be a positive influence on this young group of Pistons players, especially guard Brandon Knight. It is imperative that Cheeks sit down immediately with Knight to discuss each others' preferences on Knight's role with the organization moving forward. He ended last season as the starting shooting guard, but it's possible if not highly likely that Knight will move back to starting point guard.
Detroit has a young core of Knight, power forward Greg Monroe, center Andre Drummond and forwards Kyle Singler and Jonas Jerebko. The Pistons own the No. 8 pick in this month's 2013 NBA Draft, which they could spend on an athletic perimeter player to team with Knight in the backcourt.
That's about it for the roster. Fellow youngsters Khris Middleton, Kim English and Slava Kravtsov have just completed their rookie seasons. Incumbent veterans Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva are likely to be traded or released this offseason, and the rest of the roster consists of free agents.
Cheeks will be able to put his imprint on Detroit's future rotation, but it's up to Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars, as well as Pistons Owner Tom Gores, to determine which players remain a part of the team. With their draft picks and plenty of salary cap space, this is a golden opportunity to turn the franchise around. Hiring a coach simply presents the first step.
UniquePistons posted on 6/1/2013 8:57:05 PM PASPN.net member class: NBA All Star - Bill Laimbeer
Mo Cheeks is the frontrunner According to D.A. on Inside the NBA. Nate Mcmillian is the other person being considered.airmojo posted on 6/2/2013 12:22:09 PM PASPN.net member class: Hall of Famer - Isiah Thomas
re: Mo Cheeks is the frontrunner mo cheeks is mediocre at best and McMillan is a tad bit better. if one of the two get hired then it was joe d's choice and something tells me that phil Jackson might not take control of our front office in the future. I think we need shaw and have joe d step down and phil Jackson can coach through shaw, this will be a very hot spot for free agents in the future if that were to happen. pissed off we waited a month and a half to see someone like cheeks sign instead of shaw RyanKelley posted on 6/2/2013 2:31:55 PM PASPN.net member class: Hall of Famer - Isiah Thomas
re: Mo Cheeks is the frontrunner I don't think there will be a hire until the Pacers are out of the playoffs. Shaw will get an interview.
Joe D gets a bad rap on coaching hires:
Rick Carlisle - A good coach who got better with experience. Bill Davidson fired him and Joe D even said if he was making the call alone Rick wouldn't have been fired
Larry Brown - A big name. He coached us to a championship. Drama, drama, drama...Bill Davidson fired him.
Flip Saunders - A coach endorsed by Billups. Not a defensive minded coach. Good hire, but the team had poor character.
Curry - A mistake...Joe D's only coaching hire that was terrible.
Kuester - A mandate...no expensive coaches while the team is up for sale. This is what you got.
Frank - Mediocre. Joe didn't want him...he wanted Mike Woodson. This was Gores mistake.
So, add it all up and tell me Joe D has been terrible in coaching hires. His best hire was his first one. He obviously saw something he liked in Carlisle...he hired him and he went on to become an elite coach. Why do we not give him the chance to hire who he wants and hold him accountable for a mistake?
Teflon Joe D...I know what you'll. But this is how the media reported it. What's the truth? We only know what they tell us.Simon posted on 6/3/2013 2:19:44 AM PASPN.net member class: Hall of Famer - Isiah Thomas Contributing Member
re: re: Mo Cheeks is the frontrunner I certainly dont think Joe is on the Hot seat because of his coaching choices or lack there of.
I heard Shaw wants the Clippers coaching job so i'm all for Cheeks or Mcmillan on a short deal. We wont be title contenders for 3-5 years anyways. But these guys seem to be able to nurture young talent through growing pains. airmojo posted on 6/3/2013 6:08:40 AM PASPN.net member class: Hall of Famer - Isiah Thomas
re: re: re: Mo Cheeks is the frontrunner The thing with cheeks and McMillan is they aren't low key candidates like Carlisle was. Everyone knows what they're capable of and it's not as if these coaches will do anything spectacular. I would say cheeks is better than frank and I would say McMillan is a good coach not elite obviously. We all know what they're gonna do and it's not like they're gonna turn the franchise around, these coaches will be as good as the roster is and the roster indicates we are better than a 29 win team like last year. I would let Joe d decide but shaw would still be my first candidate. Indiana is well coached and a part of it is from shaw, shaw can be the next top coach. My second option would be McMillan because of his track record with bad teams and turned them into playoff teams. Henry Potter posted on 6/4/2013 2:45:41 PM PASPN.net member class: Hall of Famer - Isiah Thomas
re: re: re: re: Mo Cheeks is the frontrunner Once again the Pistons inaction allows for good candidates to get scooped up. Instead of Thibodeau, they hired Kuester. Now, they let a couple potentially top-notch guys go elsewhere. I was hoping Budenholzer would be the pick, but his connection with Ferry here in Atlanta, coupled with the Hawks cap space, was a better option. I also liked Mike Malone, who just got hired by the Kings.
At this point, I'd make a run at Lionel Hollins. The Grizz have given teams permission to talk to him, and he's good with young players. Hell, Sam Mitchell wouldn't be a bad pickup either. The best-qualified assistant coaches are already gone, so now you're left with a bunch of wildcards who are pretty much the same.
Whoever is hired will definitely be Phil's pick, not Dumars. Gores has shown he doesn't trust Dumars' decision making, cuz if he did, Phil wouldn't be consulting. The odds-on favorite at this point is Phil's laptop Brian Shaw.
Personally, I think Gores gives Dumars one more year, and if he doesn't see marked improvement, he lets Joe leave or graciously elevates him to President and brings in a GM he trusts.BigDaddyJungle posted on 6/6/2013 9:15:12 PM PASPN.net member class: Hall of Famer - Isiah Thomas
re: re: re: re: re: Mo Cheeks is the frontrunner Can any of you honestly say that you think cheeks or Nate will ever be considered on the same level as a Daly, Popovich. Brown, Jackson ? ? ?
No chance. Not even a slim chance.
But then we know we won't win soon and all we can hope are for good teachers.